FStop is creating a social marketplace for creative professionals
4

patrons

$78
per month
Header image generously provided by FStop users Ricardo Mantilla and Alli Blackman.  Video overview generously created by FStop user Aden Khan.

Hey FStop family -

We've come a long way! June of last year we were at ~100 users and a half-baked web application. Fast forward 9 months and we're now at 40,000 users across Web and iOS worldwide with collaborations happening regularly. FStop is bringing people together around art, which makes us really happy.

In Summary - we need to ask for some help in order to continue growing.  There are a few ways you can help:

  • Money: You can donate your cash on a monthly basis. This will help us cover the costs of running FStop.
  • Time:  You can offer your services to Patrons.  Patrons at certain tiers will receive FStop Cards, which can be exchanged for things like photoshoots, workshops, critiques, printed photos, and more.  If you'd like to do this, you can update your profile in the web app to describe what you're offering to cardholders.  We'll then add you to the contributors page on FStop.
  • Internships: If you're interested in contributing to FStop on an ongoing basis, check out our internships page.

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FStop has been a labor of love for us but in order to continue nurturing this growth, we need to ask for some help.  Especially as these costs continue to climb.

Paying the bills
We want to hold off on charging monthly subscriptions for as long as possible. Instead, we'd like to see if crowdfunding can help us bridge the gap between where we're at and the "tipping point" at which monetization (and becoming self-sustaining) makes sense.

We need to offer a compelling value exchange.  Currently, patrons can donate their money in exchange for one (or several) of the following: 

  • Professional services in exchange for FStop Gold/Silver Cards
  • Visibility on our IG
  • An interview on our Blog
  • FStop Plus

Recurring costs
Patreon facilitates recurring contributions - something we can ask for in lieu of a monthly subscription. 

If we're able to fund our current recurring costs through Patreon, we'll be able to push other areas forward with a bit more oomph. Short-term, these include:

  • An Android app
  • Support for events on the FStop Feed
  • Building the FStop Feed on iOS
  • Bugfixes and feature enhancements across all platforms

Ongoing efforts will benefit from this as well:

  • B2B Outreach - Agency and Business involvement
  • B2C Outreach - Consumer involvement
  • A more mature marketing campaign
  • More focused team and community building efforts

Long-term, FStop's mission is to become the world's creative catalyst - enabling people from all over the world to get together and create awesome things.  Super long-term, this might even include studio space with gear, workshops, high-quality video tutorials, events, agency partnerships and more.


FStop Cards
You can exchange an FStop Card for things like:

  • Five photos retouched by a photographer or retoucher
  • An hour of shooting time with a professional model
  • A portfolio critique from a professional photographer
  • An hour-long shoot with a professional photographer

You can see a list of our current volunteers on the FStop Contributors page.  If you'd like to become a contributor, let us know in-app!

In closing
This is all a bit experimental but seems like the next logical step in pushing FStop forward. Monetization and investment aren't options as we don't have enough value yet - but here's to hoping we'll get there.

Thanks to everyone for sticking around as we try to figure out how to shift and shape into something that works. The support we've received in these early stages has been incredible; it's what keeps us going!

Cheers,

Mick and the FStop Team
Rewards
FStop Dedication
$2 or more per month 2 patrons
Thank you!  We'll dedicate an IG post  to any other IG user you choose, with a (classy) message of your choosing.
FStop Shoutout
$5 or more per month 3 of 100 patrons
Right on!  We'll showcase your work on the FStop Feed and our IG with a special thanks for helping us out.  We'll also follow you on IG.


Plus previous reward.

FStop Love
$10 or more per month 1 patron
Sweetness.  We will feature a photo of your choosing on the FStop IG with a description telling everyone what we love about the photo and your feed.


Plus previous rewards. 

FStop Plus
$15 or more per month 2 patrons
You rock.  You get FStop Plus (all features) for free, for life when we roll out our subscription model.


Plus previous rewards.

FStop Feature
$25 or more per month 1 patron
Very nice!  We'll feature you and one of your FStop collaborations on the FStop blog and our IG at a time of your choosing (it can be a year from now if you want to wait for us to grow more).  


Alternatively, you may opt for an interview through which you share your journey as an artist or business on our blog .


Plus previous rewards.

FStop Silver Card
$35 or more per month 1 patron
This is huge!  You'll get a Silver Card - something you can exchange for services from users of FStop.


Examples of Silver Card services might be:


  • Portfolio critiques
  • 30-60 minutes of Q&A 
  • Lightroom or other tooling tips/tricks

 

Keep in mind that these cards can be gifted! 


Note:  It's up to the users of FStop to determine what they're giving in exchange for Gold and Silver cards.  We have a list of volunteers here.


 Plus previous rewards. 


FStop Gold Card
$50 or more per month 1 patron
Whoa!  You'll get a Gold Card - something you can exchange for higher-tier services from users of FStop.


Examples of Gold Card services might be:


  • Access to premium photography workshops
  • An hour of photography from a professional photographer
  • An hour of modeling from a professional model (to be used only by FStop photographers).


Keep in mind that these cards can be gifted!


Note:  It's up to the users of FStop to determine what they're giving in exchange for Gold and Silver cards.  We have a list of volunteers here


Plus previous rewards. 

FStop Champion
$100 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Gravy.  Your name, photo, and a link of your choosing will be listed on the FStop Contributors page (linked from the homepage), forever.


Plus previous rewards. 

FStop Superhero
$250 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
Supergravy.  You can join a monthly call with the FStop team to discuss progress, priorities, and strategy around growing together.


Plus previous rewards. 

Goals
$78 of $3,000 per month
Fifth goal - covering the costs of regularly interviewing and featuring our users and their collaborations on the FStop Blog.
5 of 5
Header image generously provided by FStop users Ricardo Mantilla and Alli Blackman.  Video overview generously created by FStop user Aden Khan.

Hey FStop family -

We've come a long way! June of last year we were at ~100 users and a half-baked web application. Fast forward 9 months and we're now at 40,000 users across Web and iOS worldwide with collaborations happening regularly. FStop is bringing people together around art, which makes us really happy.

In Summary - we need to ask for some help in order to continue growing.  There are a few ways you can help:

  • Money: You can donate your cash on a monthly basis. This will help us cover the costs of running FStop.
  • Time:  You can offer your services to Patrons.  Patrons at certain tiers will receive FStop Cards, which can be exchanged for things like photoshoots, workshops, critiques, printed photos, and more.  If you'd like to do this, you can update your profile in the web app to describe what you're offering to cardholders.  We'll then add you to the contributors page on FStop.
  • Internships: If you're interested in contributing to FStop on an ongoing basis, check out our internships page.

-----------------------------------

FStop has been a labor of love for us but in order to continue nurturing this growth, we need to ask for some help.  Especially as these costs continue to climb.

Paying the bills
We want to hold off on charging monthly subscriptions for as long as possible. Instead, we'd like to see if crowdfunding can help us bridge the gap between where we're at and the "tipping point" at which monetization (and becoming self-sustaining) makes sense.

We need to offer a compelling value exchange.  Currently, patrons can donate their money in exchange for one (or several) of the following: 

  • Professional services in exchange for FStop Gold/Silver Cards
  • Visibility on our IG
  • An interview on our Blog
  • FStop Plus

Recurring costs
Patreon facilitates recurring contributions - something we can ask for in lieu of a monthly subscription. 

If we're able to fund our current recurring costs through Patreon, we'll be able to push other areas forward with a bit more oomph. Short-term, these include:

  • An Android app
  • Support for events on the FStop Feed
  • Building the FStop Feed on iOS
  • Bugfixes and feature enhancements across all platforms

Ongoing efforts will benefit from this as well:

  • B2B Outreach - Agency and Business involvement
  • B2C Outreach - Consumer involvement
  • A more mature marketing campaign
  • More focused team and community building efforts

Long-term, FStop's mission is to become the world's creative catalyst - enabling people from all over the world to get together and create awesome things.  Super long-term, this might even include studio space with gear, workshops, high-quality video tutorials, events, agency partnerships and more.


FStop Cards
You can exchange an FStop Card for things like:

  • Five photos retouched by a photographer or retoucher
  • An hour of shooting time with a professional model
  • A portfolio critique from a professional photographer
  • An hour-long shoot with a professional photographer

You can see a list of our current volunteers on the FStop Contributors page.  If you'd like to become a contributor, let us know in-app!

In closing
This is all a bit experimental but seems like the next logical step in pushing FStop forward. Monetization and investment aren't options as we don't have enough value yet - but here's to hoping we'll get there.

Thanks to everyone for sticking around as we try to figure out how to shift and shape into something that works. The support we've received in these early stages has been incredible; it's what keeps us going!

Cheers,

Mick and the FStop Team

Recent posts by FStop

Rewards
FStop Dedication
$2 or more per month 2 patrons
Thank you!  We'll dedicate an IG post  to any other IG user you choose, with a (classy) message of your choosing.
FStop Shoutout
$5 or more per month 3 of 100 patrons
Right on!  We'll showcase your work on the FStop Feed and our IG with a special thanks for helping us out.  We'll also follow you on IG.


Plus previous reward.

FStop Love
$10 or more per month 1 patron
Sweetness.  We will feature a photo of your choosing on the FStop IG with a description telling everyone what we love about the photo and your feed.


Plus previous rewards. 

FStop Plus
$15 or more per month 2 patrons
You rock.  You get FStop Plus (all features) for free, for life when we roll out our subscription model.


Plus previous rewards.

FStop Feature
$25 or more per month 1 patron
Very nice!  We'll feature you and one of your FStop collaborations on the FStop blog and our IG at a time of your choosing (it can be a year from now if you want to wait for us to grow more).  


Alternatively, you may opt for an interview through which you share your journey as an artist or business on our blog .


Plus previous rewards.

FStop Silver Card
$35 or more per month 1 patron
This is huge!  You'll get a Silver Card - something you can exchange for services from users of FStop.


Examples of Silver Card services might be:


  • Portfolio critiques
  • 30-60 minutes of Q&A 
  • Lightroom or other tooling tips/tricks

 

Keep in mind that these cards can be gifted! 


Note:  It's up to the users of FStop to determine what they're giving in exchange for Gold and Silver cards.  We have a list of volunteers here.


 Plus previous rewards. 


FStop Gold Card
$50 or more per month 1 patron
Whoa!  You'll get a Gold Card - something you can exchange for higher-tier services from users of FStop.


Examples of Gold Card services might be:


  • Access to premium photography workshops
  • An hour of photography from a professional photographer
  • An hour of modeling from a professional model (to be used only by FStop photographers).


Keep in mind that these cards can be gifted!


Note:  It's up to the users of FStop to determine what they're giving in exchange for Gold and Silver cards.  We have a list of volunteers here


Plus previous rewards. 

FStop Champion
$100 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Gravy.  Your name, photo, and a link of your choosing will be listed on the FStop Contributors page (linked from the homepage), forever.


Plus previous rewards. 

FStop Superhero
$250 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
Supergravy.  You can join a monthly call with the FStop team to discuss progress, priorities, and strategy around growing together.


Plus previous rewards.